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Effective Targeting of Poverty-Focused Programmes - How to Reach the Poorest Households
by Oxford Policy Management in 2009
Community of Practice: Financial Services
Many poverty-focussed programmes, for example cash transfer programmes, explicitly aim to target assistance or services at the poorest households. It is important, in terms of both poverty reduction and financial efficiency, that such programmes manage to target these households effectively. This briefing note outlines the key technical challenges to effective targeting: (a) in establishing the target population; and (b) in designing an operationally feasible mechanism to reliably identify this target population.